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Former Homeless Woman Offers Advice About Staying Warm Out in Elements

She says the homeless community has tricks they use to stay warm on cold nights: stuffing jackets full of newspapers, or sitting in a cardboard box within your car.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2019 6:33 PM
Updated: Feb. 8, 2019 6:39 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A formerly homeless woman used to live in her car, and says hand warmers are essentials everyone should have to stay safe if their car gets stranded.

Denise, who didn't want us to use her last name because of the sensitive nature of her living situation, lives at Hope Village right now.

She says the homeless community has tricks they use to stay warm on cold nights: stuffing jackets full of newspapers,  or sitting in a cardboard box within your car.

She also says parking her vehicle in between two other vehicles helped with the windchill.

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The state has a list of items it wants people to have in emergency kits, in case they get stuck in the snow.

The list includes:

-Battery powered radio and extra batteries
-Flashlight with extra batteries
-Lightweight blankets
-Emergency information, including insurance policies
-A list of medications and correct dosage, and doctor’s names
-Personal items such as toothbrushes, soap, extra glasses, etc.
-Whistle
-First aid kit
-Change of clothing
-Non-perishable snacks
-Books, cards or magazines to pass the time

For infants and children:
-Baby formula and food
-Diapers
-Baby wipes
-Blanket or toy
-Consider these additional items for medical conditions:
-Empty pill bottle(s) or a list of current medications
-Your doctor’s phone number
*Make sure you update your go bag when your medications change.

For pets:
-Pet food & water
-Collar with ID tags
-Pet medication(s)
-Pet carriers and leashes
-Medical records from vet
-Photos of your pet
-Microchip information

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